Farmers’ Market Quinoa Salad with Avocado

Farmers'-Market-Quinoa-Salad-with-Avocado

After learning about the countless benefits and positive wellness effects of eating mainly plant-based foods – and mostly meat-free meals – I’ve been creating far more vegetarian and vegan recipes at home these days.

It’s not that I’ve stopped eating meat entirely, but just that meat no longer plays the starring role in the majority of meals.

And, considering how prominent a place meat holds in most restaurant menus, food blogs, cooking shows, etc., I’ve been surprised at how much I don’t miss it at all!

What’s to miss, when my new dishes taste like this vegan quinoa salad.
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Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Skinny-Chocolate-Glazed-Pumpkin-Cake

Skinny Chocolate Glazed Pumpkin Cake

These are a couple of the reasons why I love fall the most: First, it's the season for pumpkin breads and muffins, which are the best. My favorite has always been chocolate chip pumpkin bread - sweet pumpkin and rich chocolate are the perfect pair, in my mind. Chocolate chip pumpkin bread feels like a snack, though, and what I wanted to try this year was a true dessert - something that really feels like an indulgent treat. So I baked a rich and moist pumpkin cake and topped it with a sweet chocolate glaze... ...Huge success! Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy loves this cake, and it's one of my new favorites too. It's the perfect, indulgent after-dinner treat, and yet the pumpkin makes it quite healthy too. This dessert (with canola oil and whole wheat flour) is very low in saturated fat (less than 1 gram per serving) and packed with a full day's supply of Vitamin A (for healthy, smooth skin and a strong immune system). (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the complete, printable recipe.) Second best thing about the season for me: the stunning fall ... read more

Creamy-Curry-Pumpkin-Soup

Creamy Curry Pumpkin Soup

In honor of fall (my favorite season) and Halloween, I had hoped to post a couple of pumpkin recipes this week. What would a Scrumptious Pumpkin blog be without a healthy dose of pumpkin dishes? So today I'm posting the most velvety rich pumpkin ... read more

healthy-pumpkin-cheesecake-parfait

20-Minute Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Parfait

Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy and I get two Thanksgivings every year. We go to my family's house for a Thanksgiving lunch in the afternoon. Then we make the 40-minute drive to Chris's family's house for a Thanksgiving dinner that evening. We both really ... read more

Drunken-Pumpkin-Chili-(Healthy)

Drunken Pumpkin Chili

On that first really cold fall weekend, where the chill in the air forces you to finally dig your padded winter slippers out of the back of your closet, there is just something so satisfying about making a big pot of chili. Letting it simmer on the ... read more